im in food hell. please help

Brittany - posted on 05/26/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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my baby still gags on stage 3 baby food so i have to feed her stage 2. she eats mashed potatoes.. but not a lot of adult food. i dont know how to get her passed this. help!

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Ava - posted on 05/27/2010

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My daughter has been eating adult food since she was six months old. She hates baby food in its ENTIRETY. Make sure the taste isn't making her gag, first. Try preparing a fresh meal yourself, like peas, and putting them on the high chair tray as a finger food. My daughter eats ALL freshly cooked food and has never had any different after she gagged on her baby food from how horrible it tasted. If that isn't the case, and she really just can't do more solid foods, then relax. Babies will only eat what they KNOW they can mash and swallow. It's almost a mechanism, really. A baby will look at a food and know whether or not they can get it down. When they eat something inappropriate and choke on it, they're doing that more for the feeling of chewing and just accidentally inhale it. When they mean to eat something, they have a sort of built-in knowledge of what they can and can't handle in general. In other words, if she's gagging on stage 3 baby food, then she just isn't ready for it. Don't get bent out of shape or worry. Put some with every meal she eats and let her explore it on her own. That might require you allowing to stick her fingers in it and mash it with them and explore the texture to know if she's comfortable with it. But when the time comes, she will eat it. But like I said, for personal preference, I always advocate the use of FRESH FOOD. Baby food is watered down garbage that doesn't have half of the wonderful nutrition contained in freshly prepared meals, NOR the flavor. Babies will always, hands down, prefer it. I guarantee you that you'll have an easier time getting her to eat that than a bottle of baby food. Also, as far as stage 3 foods in general, Lexi always preferred the SIMPLER baby foods if she did have to have it (like pureed single or combined fruits because she couldn't swallow fruit pieces yet)---it seemed like the higher up in stages we tried, the more she hated the flavor and texture and for a while she just flat out wouldn't eat. That's why I did research and started giving her broken down versions of family meals--- I had NO problem getting her to eat after that.

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Sophie - posted on 06/02/2010

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ive never put my son on baby food, i wouldnt eat it so dont give my son it, but my friend has a boy who was on baby food and he wouldnt eat stage 3, he kept gagging, she gave him mushed up banana and finger food like crisps so he could get used to having to chew, after a month he now eats everything!

Krystle - posted on 06/02/2010

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Don't worry! All babies develop at their own pace. Do you really think she'll be off to school with a jar of Stage 2 packed for lunch?! :P Of course she'll learn to eat, she's just picky with texture right now. Let her eat at her own pace, she'll learn! :)

Jamie - posted on 06/02/2010

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Try giving her smaller bites, My daughter was the same way when she was little, plus on top of it she was a picky eater. I mashed up every vegtable I made n spoon fed it watered down, Absolutly no meats because of the choking,beans instead for the iron n protien. She was closer to 2 before she started eating chunks of anthing but eventually she had no problem with it, Around the same time as all the teeth came in. She wasnt a chewer lol My son on the other hand will eat anything and everything no matter if hes supposed to or not!! Hope this helps!!

Neva - posted on 05/31/2010

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all my kids gagged on stage 3, think bc the chunks are mixed in on the spoon, so they arent expecting it, but they did great with soft foods that they could pick up, waffles and pancakes for breakfast, grilled cheese and small pieces of turkey, green beans for lunch/dinner, try that see if it helps

Brittany - posted on 05/31/2010

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thanks for the help! she eats the puffs but any food that isnt mashed or stage 2 she just gags... i hope she surpasses this soon. she will be one on the 2nd of june

Kat - posted on 05/26/2010

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I had the same problem with my son and i got him to eat stage three by giving him graduates...(those puffy things) he started learning how to chew on those and so i would put one on the spoon when i gave him stage 3 foods so he knew he had to chew and eventually just stopped using the puffs and he knew to chew the food. hope this may help

Brittany - posted on 05/26/2010

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Babies develop at their own pace. It's really up to her, not you. You can however try some things to help her along the way. try gerber finger foods, the little puffs. It will help her learn to feed herself, but at the same time, help her learn to mash foods. No choking hazard because they will melt in her mouth.
Hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 05/26/2010

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My son eats all sorts of finger foods, but he cannot eat stage three without gagging. He has had all veggies, fruits, toast, puffs, teething biscuits, crackers, etc. But if I give him stage three he gags, I think it is because he eats it like a puree and can't swallow the chunks with it, so they get caught in his throat. We started finger foods somewhere aroun 7-8 months.

Kate - posted on 05/26/2010

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Just keep offering her a variety of different things. She will eat eventually! My son hates stage 3 and still eats stage 2...as well as many foods we eat just chopped up really small (He is super picky, though, and it is very frustrating...). Good luck. Each of these challenges can feel unsurmountable, but it WILL change eventually!

Camille - posted on 05/26/2010

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My daughter pretty much eats everything we eat now. She rarely eats baby food. I keep a couple jars on hand for times when she doesnt want eat other things but thats it. She absolutely hated stage 3 foods. She would not eat them so we skipped them and she is doing great. Maybe your baby is the same?

Samara - posted on 05/26/2010

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I wish I could help. I am in food hell as well, but my daughter will not eat food!!! I have to fight with her to eat even one bite. Sometimes she will eat 3 or 4 bites of baby food or table food and then she is done. I know she is not full cuz then she wants a bottle. I have tried letting her eat those 3 or 4 bites and then let her want a bottle and try again with the food but its HELL!!!! I have no idea what to do with her, and she will be one soon and there will be no more bottles. I'm afraid she will starve herself. :( (i know she wont, and i wont let her) but what can I do??

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